News & Discoveries

January 07, 2020

Patients Can Influence Outcomes Despite a Genetic Diagnosis, Study SuggestsA physically and mentally active lifestyle confers resilience to frontotemporal dementia, even in people whose genetic profile makes the eventual development of the disease virtually inevitable.

January 03, 2020

UCSF postdoctoral researcher for the first time succeeded in keeping a diverse array of glioblastomas alive in the lab using brain organoids

January 02, 2020

Neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley envisions how AI and virtual reality might heal the human mind.Scientists have documented the influence of information overload on attention, perception, memory, decision-making, and emotional regulation. But the same technologies contributing to the cognition crisis could help solve it, argues neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley.

January 02, 2020

When it does, what will it mean to be human?We are entering an era of brain-machine interfaces and genome-editing technology. When we can govern the very biology that makes us who we are, what will it mean to be human?

January 01, 2020

Tau PET Brain Imaging Could Launch Precision Medicine Era for Alzheimer’s DiseaseBrain imaging of pathological tau-protein reliably predicts the location of future brain atrophy in Alzheimer’s patients a year or more in advance.

December 17, 2019

Fenfluramine Reduces Seizures, Is Safe for Patients with Dravet, Study Shows A drug that once helped obese adults lose weight, but was withdrawn from the market due to heart risks, may be safe and effective for children with a life-threatening seizure disorder called Dravet syndrome.

December 16, 2019

From international awards for high-caliber research to groundswell movements for social change, this past year was an eventful one for the UCSF community.

December 16, 2019

Browse the stories that most engaged our readers in 2019.

December 13, 2019

New Clinic Follows $18M Gift from Bay Area Entrepreneurs Jan Shrem, Maria Manetti ShremPatients with ambiguous neurological symptoms, but no diagnosis, frequently go from specialist-to-specialist over a protracted period of time. The new clinic’s goal is to fast-forward the time lapses between appointments by enabling pre-diagnostic screening and expert consultations to take place in a single visit.

November 20, 2019

Neuroscientists discovered how the listening brain scans speech to break it down into syllables. The findings provide for the first time a neural basis for the fundamental atoms of language and insights into our perception of the rhythmic poetry of speech.